Partner Robert X. McCarthy

Queer Places:
Treasures and Trifles, 409 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Peabody, Essex County, Massachusetts, US

C. Ned Kell (January 3, 1933 - March 6, 2012) was originally from Somerville, MA.

In 1966, C. Ned Kell and his partner Robert X. McCarthy opened Treasures and Trifles, an antique shop on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, where they stayed in business for 44 years. They retired in 2010. The note in their shop window at 409 Bleecker Street read: After 44 years in the village, East & West, and 26 Years at this location, we’ve decided to fold our tent and move-on to the next phase of our lives. It’s not because of a vindictive, greedy landlord, nor because of a Shylock Attorney. On the contrary, our landlady is every storeowner’s dream come true! An honest, caring landlady, a true Villager -born and raised in the Village. It’s too bad that this generation never experienced the Village of yore. Bleecker Street was world-renowned for its variety of antique shops, visited by the likes of Jackie & Ari, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, etc. Bette Midler lived up to her name: “Divine!”. We’re saddened at leaving our friends and neighbors such as Leo Design’s Kimo, John, Ed & Kyle, and Barry & Arlington. They all helped us, shoveling snow and lifting the gates. Adieu, Ned & Buddy

Ned Kell died 2 years later. Buddy McCarthy passed away at the age of 91 on November 19, 2017. They are buried together in Peabody, Massachusetts.

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